\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) , especially New England ˈsu̇n\

Definition of soon

1 : without undue time lapse : before long soon after sunrise
2 : in a prompt manner : speedily as soon as possible the sooner the better no sooner said than done
3 : in agreement with one's choice or preference : willingly I'd just as soon walk as drive
4 archaic : before the usual time
5 obsolete : at once : immediately

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Examples of soon in a Sentence

We will soon be making changes. The soonest I can get there is tomorrow. When is the soonest possible date of delivery? The audience soon realized that it wasn't a stunt. She found a job soon after graduation. How soon can you finish the job? The sooner you finish your homework, the sooner you can go outside and play. I will let you know as soon as possible. I'll get there as soon as I can.
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However, that doesn’t necessarily mean a new album is in the cards for anytime soon. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Says She Is Creating New Music," 11 May 2019 The cameos will be available to purchase at soon afterwards. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "These New Cameos From Cindy Sherman, Catherine Opie Are Worth the Flight to Venice," 8 May 2019 And if the spring and fall 2019 runways were any indication, camo isn’t disappearing from our wardrobes anytime soon. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019 But don't expect to see the iconic monument reopen to the public anytime soon. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's How You Can Help to Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris," 16 Apr. 2019 The four onscreen relatives have not been all together under the same roof since Game of Thrones's first season, but that may soon change, as Jon is traveling to Winterfell with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her armies. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Were Too Cute at the Game of Thrones Premiere in Belfast," 12 Apr. 2019 Facebook is apparently far from actually releasing the coin, so don’t necessarily expect to see a real-world implementation anytime soon. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Facebook reportedly building cryptocurrency for WhatsApp money transfers," 21 Dec. 2018 And there was Mookie Betts, Boston’s star right fielder and the soon-to-be American League MVP, in the box with one out and the bases loaded. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Justus Sheffield found his competitive spirit early, and now it’s driving him toward a Mariners call-up," 13 Apr. 2019 To finish off the interview, the hosts asked Tindall about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's soon-to-arrive baby. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Mike Tindall Opens Up About His Father's Battle with Parkinson's Disease," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of soon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for soon

Middle English soone, from Old English sōna; akin to Old High German sān immediately

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English Language Learners Definition of soon

: at a time that is not long from now
: in a short time after something happens
: in a quick way


\ ˈsün How to pronounce soon (audio) \
sooner; soonest

Kids Definition of soon

1 : without delay : before long The fog soon disappeared.
2 : in a prompt way : quickly I'll call you as soon as possible.
3 : before long They soon learned the truth.
4 : early entry 1 sense 2 I wish you'd told me sooner.
5 : by choice : willingly I would sooner walk than ride.

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